Can You Use A Degreaser To Clean Floors? (Solved!)


Are you someone who stresses out over a dirt patch or stain on your floors? We assure you you are not the only one. Dirty floors are masters in ruining the entire aesthetic of the household and dirt and dust collection can even lead to potential health issues.

There is a range of options when it comes to cleaning the floors. The most popular are the branded cleaning solutions available in the market, specially designed for removing dirt from floors.

However, some homeowners tend to go the extra mile and contemplate using degreaser to clean home floors. If you are someone who has considered this, this article is for you. Read on to know if and when you should use degreasers to clean the floors of your residence. 

What is a Degreaser? 

As you can probably understand from the name, Degreasers are basically products used to remove grease. Degreasers are highly alkaline chemical solutions that help in breaking down the oils and fats in grease, allowing you to get rid of it quickly. 

It is important to remember that there are differences between your normal cleaning solutions and degreasers. Normal cleaning solutions are neutral in nature, unlike alkaline degreasers. Most often, your cleaning job would be satisfactorily done with simple all-purpose cleaning products.

If you need to rub out a stubborn grease stain, you may also use products that fall under the category of cleaner-degreasers – these fall between the categories of cleaners and degreasers. Only if you have remarkably greasy floors and cooking appliances should you consider using a proper Degreaser. 

Things to keep in mind while using Degreasers

  • What you are cleaning – If you wish to use degreasers on your floors, you have to first be very sure of exactly why you are using them. Degreasers are great for cleaning up caked-on grease, however, their abrasive nature can harm your floors and appliances if there is nothing like that to be taken care of. 
  • What surface you are applying it on – Degreasers can be highly corrosive and can cause damage to many surfaces if used casually. Glass, wood, or plastic surfaces can be damaged severely due to the rough application of degreasers. It is better to stick to all-purpose cleaning solutions when it comes to cleaning such surfaces.
  • Choosing the correct type of degreasers – Like cleaning solutions, there are a wide variety of degreasers each with different purposes. Their varieties include General all-purpose degreasers, Floor degreasers, Industrial degreasers, and oven degreasers to name a few. If you wish to clean your floors with degreasers, it is vital that you choose the correct type of degreaser. Choosing a different variety might put you and your family at risk by causing corrosion to your floors.
  • Safety concerns – The most important thing to keep in mind while handling degreasers are following proper safety protocols. While buying degreaser for your floors be sure to always check whether the chemical has been formulated with anti-traction properties. Otherwise it can lead to accidents by slipping and falling. Also, make sure that you are wearing gloves while applying the degreaser, otherwise, you might get skin rashes and irritations due to the highly alkaline chemical nature of the degreasing solution. And last but not the least, it is always better to apply degreasers carefully and minimally so as to ensure no harm to your floor surfaces. 

Summing it up

So the answer in one simple word to the question of whether you can use a degreaser to clean your floors is:

Yes. But, what you should keep in mind is you don’t really need degreasers to clean your regular kitchen floors. Degreasers are best suited for floors of commercial kitchens which see a large-scale buildup of grease over time.

For your residential kitchen, all-purpose cleaning solutions will work just fine.

However, if you really do feel that the grease buildup on your kitchen floors has gone out of control and only degreasers can help you, we suggest you follow all the tips and advice provided in this article for smooth and safe cleaning!

Be sure to choose the correct variety of the product, wear safety gloves and read the instruction manual carefully before starting your cleaning session. 

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